These animals would love to watch baseball with you

Happy opening day! It might not be a national holiday, but since baseball is our national pastime, maybe it should be? And to think how different things looked just a few weeks ago when the threat of the season being postponed loomed. Since then, the lockout has been lifted, the Phillies have made some major free agent signings, and the excitement around the team has reached fever pitch.

Love is in the air — What better time to get a pet out of the shelter?

So is it too soon to declare the Phillies World Series champions and start planning the parade? That’ll probably have to wait at least a few weeks into the season, but in the meantime, why not hit up the games with a friend like Amherst or Chief?

Amherst is a lovely guy starting the season on the DL. This friendly, outgoing fellow is currently on the mend from an injured paw, but should be back hitting balls and chasing flies in no time. That’s good news, because Amherst loves to play! Amherst is recovering from his injury in a foster home, where he was the perfect guest.

Amherst loves to be petted and cuddled and is very affectionate. He is also very frisky and loves toys and has the cutest little bounce when playing.

Ready to add Amherst to your lineup? Submit an adoption application online through the Burlington County Animal Shelter’s Petango (petango.com, enter the shelter’s zip code 08060, then go to the shelter’s page and click on Amherst’s photo), then call the shelter at 609-265-5073 (ext 4) to arrange a meeting.

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At eight years old, Chief is a veteran but he still has some pep in his step! This big guy is friendly and affectionate and is said to be good with children. The leader was reluctantly delivered to the shelter when his family lost their home, and his owners had nothing but good things to say about him.

The chief is a happy boy who likes to please his people and will do anything to please himself. The leader would like his new family to take him for daily walks and then settle in to watch the Phillies together. The Chief will have to return to a house without any other pets, but there is more than enough dog to keep any family happy.

Can Chief sneak into your house? Submit an adoption application online through the Burlington County Animal Shelter’s Petango (petango.com, enter the shelter postcode 08060, then go to the shelter page and click on Chief’s

photo), then call the shelter at 609-265-5073 (ext. 4) to make an appointment.

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Interested in adopting?

To meet your match in person, call the Burlington County Animal Shelter to make an appointment to walk the shelter and see the adoptable pets.

The shelter is now open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, without an appointment.

Adopters can also file an adoption application online, before going to the shelter, then make an appointment.

The Burlington County Animal Shelter is located at 35 Academy Drive in

Westampton. To submit an adoption application, visit petango.com or call 609-265-5073 and choose option 4 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit co.burlington.nj.us.